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Cubs release Silva, who is 'not good enough'

Posted on: March 27, 2011 12:52 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2011 6:21 pm
By Matt Snyder
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The Chicago Cubs have parted ways with Carlos Silva.

The 31-year-old right-hander had a tumultuous spring with the Cubs, one season after being acquired from the Mariners. He's due to make $11.5 million, that the Cubs will now have to eat, though it should be noted the team saved money when trading Milton Bradley for Silva. He was 10-6 with a 4.22 ERA in 2010.

Silva made headlines early in the spring, initially for complaining he had to earn a rotation spot instead of being granted one like Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano and Matt Garza were. Next, he got into a fight with normally mild-mannered Aramis Ramirez in the dugout after a bad inning. He then found out he would either be forced to play in the minors or be traded, and spoke out against the pitching coach and team management. General manager Jim Hendry didn't mince words when discussing the decision.

"Basically he wasn't good enough to make the team," Hendry said. "We try to factor in not only spring training, but the second half of last year. You're looking at a guy who had a 14-something ERA from July 11th on, and came to camp with the notion that he already had a spot in the rotation. Obviously the first three or four outings (were) quite poor, and basically you try to give him every opportunity, which we did." (Chicago Tribune )

Oh, wait, Hendry's not done skewering Silva -- and rightfully so, I'd say.

"Obviously we're dealing with a man at this particular point of his career is not willing to face the facts that what he's done the last few years, except for a two-month period (last year) is well below major league standards. And he seemed to make a continual problem of blaming everyone but himself. (He gave up) 29 hits in his first 11 innings of camp, and I've never had anyone I've dealt with classify that as 'bad luck.' His comments (criticizing pitching coach) Mark Riggins were totally unacceptable. And once again, it's a weakness for someone that doesn't perform well and choose to blame somebody else on the way out."

Manager Mike Quade was a bit more succinct, saying that Silva's comments about the pitching coach were "dead (bleeping) wrong." (Daily Herald via Twitter)

Silva started last season well, but finished 2-6 with a 6.15 ERA in his last 10 starts. He was 1-2 with a 10.90 ERA and 1.96 WHIP in five spring outings. Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner were named as the final two members of the starting rotation, leaving Silva without a job.

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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2011 2:42 pm

Cubs release Silva, who is 'not good enough'

WCA, the deal was Milton Bradley for Silva and 9 mil.  He was productive for the first half of last year, so if they saved the 9 mil most of his 11 mil buyout was paid for by Seattle.  Good Riddance.  I blame Hendry for the terrible 3 year deal he gave Bradley, but not for the Bradley - Silva trade, as he was just trying to make the best of a bad situation at that point, and buying Silva out now using $9 mil from Seattle is much less expensive than buying out 2 years of Bradley last year at over $10 mil per year without any help.

Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: March 28, 2011 1:50 pm

Cubs release Silva, who is 'not good enough'

Be very afraid if your team decides to give this guy a shot.  If your GM signs him, he should be fired.  The only head cases that are worthy of another shot ate the ones that are actually talented.  Silva's upside is an ERA over 4.00, and that makes him a risk-risk, not a risk-reward player.

Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: March 28, 2011 12:57 pm

Cubs release Silva, who is 'not good enough'

I was under the impression we assumed all of his contract from the Mariners in the trade for worthless Milton Bradley ?

Since: Mar 4, 2011
Posted on: March 28, 2011 10:35 am

Cubs release Silva, who is 'not good enough'

The Mets should take him and give him a shot.  Then again The Mets should give anyone under the age of 55 who can throw the ball harder than 60mph a shot this year.

Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: March 28, 2011 6:19 am

Cubs release Silva, who is 'not good enough'

To the person who said Quade is classless because he cursed...

So what???

Would you rather have a manager who has heart and a set or would you rather have Comatose, Sleeping Lou ??????

Since: Jun 20, 2010
Posted on: March 28, 2011 12:28 am

Cubs release Silva, who is 'not good enough'

I can't believe how guys like this get paid even to not play. 11.5 million this loser gets and he will probably make a little more when somebody else signs him to play.  I don't care what anyone says about me, you give me a 11.5 million to do nothing and you can call me anything, except Michael Vick.  Nothing is worth being compared to that low life sick scumbag.

Since: Feb 17, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2011 11:47 pm

Cubs release Silva, who is 'not good enough'

I'm still mystified as to how he started off the season so well.  It's almost as if he somehow zapped all of Big Z's mojo.  Then Z got his mojo back when Sweet Lou when packing.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2011 11:27 pm

Cubs release Silva, who is 'not good enough'

Okay couple of things.

1. The Cubs do not owe Silva the complete 11 mill. They owe him around 5 mill. The Mariners owe the other part of his salary.

2. The Cubs thought they were going to realeas him last year, but he performed well. We got more out of him then anyone thought we would have gotten out of him.

3. How many players have been released and still were owed good amount of money. Almost every team has one. He refused to go to AAA. So, what are they suppose to do? Sit him on the bench and have him be a horrible teammate? Put him in the game and watch us lose because he gave up 8 runs? No, you give him his walking papers and tell him to eff off.

4. Quade is classless because he cursed in his interview? Haha that is so stupid that I dont even have a response to it. It is so stupid that I feel like everyone on this board is dumber now for having to read that post.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 27, 2011 10:03 pm

Cubs release Silva, who is 'not good enough'

Free Cubby? Orioles. Done.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: March 27, 2011 9:38 pm

Cubs release Silva, who is 'not good enough'

I can see it now. The Cubs finally make it back to the World Series this season and the team they will be facing will have Carlos Silva starting in their rotation.....with amazing stats no less.

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